A bill that would allow major political parties to hold a presidential-preference primary election on the last Tuesday of February died in the Nevada Legislature Thursday when it did not receive enough vote to pass the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee. The committee voted 6-4 to kill the bill after an amendment was attached that would allow a political party to hold a presidential primary in February – paid for by the state – and leave the rest of the state and local primary election in June.
Currently, both political parties hold a presidential-preference caucus in February, part of the influential first four caucus or primary states in the nation. Yet some Republicans want to change their caucus system to a primary election since only 7 percent of Nevada’s registered Republicans turned out for the presidential-preference caucus in 2012.
“In terms of the expenses, I don’t know if the state would have been able to afford to pay for it,” said Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D-North Las Vegas, who voted against the bill.
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